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Annual Charity


Annual Charity 2019

Faith to Faithless was started in mid-2015 by Imtiaz Shams and Aliyah Saleem. In January 2017 it came under the umbrella of Humanists UK with whom they have developed a support programme for so-called ‘apostates’ and those who leave high-control religions e.g. ex-Muslims, ex-Mormons, ex-Plymouth Brethren, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, and various others who have suffered after leaving their religion behind.

The service is led by apostates themselves, who have knowledge and experiences of apostate communities facing serious and systemic issues. These issues range from emotional and physical abuse from family members, friends, and peers in their community through to homelessness, shunning, ‘honour-based’ abuse and killings, and systemic failures by statutory organisations to support apostates.

Faith to Faithless also engages in activities in two other areas of work: they provide a platform for apostate voices to be heard and raise awareness of the issues that apostates face so that others don’t suffer in the same ways, ensuring they have built trust within the apostate community. They do this both online, and through speaker and panel events that are open to the public. They train statutory and support organisations like police, social services, and mental health organisations to better understand the issues apostates face, and the sorts of policy and practice implications this might have for the organisation.

Currently there are no peer support groups in the North East but Faith to Faithless receives cries for help from people living in the North East. People from a variety of religious upbringings, from Muslims to Jehovah Witnesses’, and their stories are just as bad, just as abusive, as stories they hear from London, Birmingham, or Bradford. Contact is made via social media, where advice and signposting are provided, and they direct them to supportive social groups.

Faith to Faithless would like to start peer support groups in the North East, and they want to train local service agencies (like the police and social services) to be better equipped to safeguard these people. Money raised by North East Humanists will help make this possible.

Please contact us for details on how to make donations to Faith to Faithless on our behalf.


Annual Charity 2018

Equal Arts are a leading creative ageing charity supporting older people in Newcastle, Gateshead and across the UK.

They work to improve the lives of older people through creativity and arts activities around the North East, providing creative opportunities to help improve people’s wellbeing.

They strongly believe in the health benefits of the arts and support care staff and artists to deliver musical, visual and movement-based creative activities with active older people and those living with dementia


Annual Charity 2017

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The MS Society is a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers.

They understand what life’s like with MS, and they support each other through the highs, lows and everything in between.

 

 

 


Annual Charity 2016

If U Care Foundation

1 in 4 people will suffer with a mental health problem throughout their lives and If U Care Share Foundation are working hard to change this.
If U Care Share Foundation is a charity based in Great Lumley near Chester-le-Street and work throughout County Durham in schools delivering their emotional well being workshop to young people and also supporting those bereaved by suicide through some of their most difficult times. If U Care Share Foundation’s message is “Its ok not to feel ok” and to remember “there is always a way”. They promote this message through their workshops in schools throughout the region in a fun and engaging way which gets this very important message across in very simple language.
The loss of a loved one to suicide is a very unique bereavement and If U Care Share Foundation offers those who have lost loved ones support from someone who has lost a loved one in this way themselves.  If U Care Share Foundation offers one to one support in a listening service, aromatherapy massage and boxing therapy.